Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tidbits and Ticks

For some reason my brain remembers an episode on Popeye where Olive Oyl puts her bare foot in a box with holes cut out for her toes. Then she takes a huge brush and gives her toes one big swish with the brush and paint. And ta-da! Her toes are quickly and easily painted. If only that would really work. Last week, my fingernails were looking pretty good - all about the same length and painted bright orange. Then I used India ink at school with the kids. Then I had to clean some acrylic paint from the little plastic pallets that the students use. My polish came off, my nails chipped and broke, and they have ink under and around the nails. My nails look like a mechanic's nails. Not that there is anything wrong with being a mechanic with dark stained nails; it is just not the look I was going for.

So lets talk about the weather. It has been pretty darn nice around here for January.  Toby and I have been doing some walking. Sometimes we meet for lunch and walk at Halliburton Park. On Sunday, we walked the trail around our property. It is a pretty good hike with uneven ground and tall grass and sticks to drag me down. When we got home, I was on my Kindle when I saw a very small tick crawling on my hand. I found two more ticks on my shirt. And then I was naked looking for any other small critters. Toby had absolutely none on him. What's up with that!?  I hate ticks. Now I won't be on the trail for a while - maybe if we have another good freeze.

School is going okay. The kids are settling down to the second semester. I sent four boys to detention last week for leaving class a few minutes early without my permission. It was a small thing, but they were pushing me to see if I would do anything. And they were wrong. When they asked me why I had given them detention, I couldn't help but LOL at them. It was just funny to me. And eye-opening for them. If I could just kick one kid out of class, I would probably not have any problems the rest of the year. A little discipline makes believers out of the others.

Okay, I'm off to school.

11 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

Yikes! Ticks! I started to walk around the lakes today while Gene was tricking and decided it would be too hard to rescue me if I sprained an ankle. I stuck to the road….
I wish there had been an art program when we were in high school. Your students are privileged.

Bag Blog said...

Jo,
I like the road much better, although it is not as pretty a walk.
My students and I are improving. I did have a snitty girl tell me that she deserved more than an A- on her art. And I thought she was lucky to get that:)

Anonymous said...

I'm worried about my furnace. That thing runs all night long. In the day I just wear lots of clothes, but at night I hate it when frost comes out my mouth, even though I have two blankets.

The damned house must have a hole in it somewhere.

I guess I should call the heater man and have him oil the bearings and clean the burners, or whatever they do, because I'm sure it's getting worn out.

CenTexTim said...

"If I could just kick one kid out of class, I would probably not have any problems the rest of the year. A little discipline makes believers out of the others."

In Voltaire's Candide, the protagonist observes the execution of an admiral, which leads to this line: "In this country they find it necessary to kill an admiral from time to time, to encourage the others (pour encourager les autres)."

Bag Blog said...

CTT,
It's a good quote, and it works well. I may have to sacrifice a student this week. It would certainly make me feel better.

Moogie P said...

My daughter subscribes to your discipline theory. She says if she could just get rid of one class . . .

Now I'm feeling ticks crawling around! Thanks for that. 😁

Bag Blog said...

Sorry for the ticky feeling, Moogie. For those who don't know the feeling, may you never know it.

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